Cambria AFC: Manager’s Update On Thistle Friendly

New Cambria AFC Manager Kevin McGroarty has revealed to Scottish Amateur Football News his thoughts on their friendly against Kirkintilloch Thistle, writes Tom Scott.

He said “Kirky Thistle was a different type of challenge for us, they were on top for relatively most of the game, maybe due to the more physicality of the team.”

“Once we settled down a bit and started playing football the way I know we are capable of, we started to slowly break them down and find a few gaps at the back in the 2nd half in particular.”

“We pretty much have a new squad, so they are all trying to get to know each other and the way that myself and James (Whyte) are wanting the team to play.”

“We are a team that can only get better and I believe that is coming as we edge closer to the beginning of the season.”

“We just need to keep up the development and putting the proper demands on the guys at training.”

“We still have a bit to go in terms of the squad but we are working behind the scenes, and we will continue to do so on the training pitch as well to make sure we are all ready, and at the standard we need to be going into the 1st game in our Cup in a couple of weeks’ time.”

“Thanks again, Kevin.”

Bearsden Weigh Up New Captain Options

Joint Team Manager David Sutherland has revealed Bearsden AFC will take time in appointing their captain ahead of the new season on August 14th, writes Tom Scott.

The Central Scottish League club had 20 players available for this week’s friendly against Saturday Morning opponents DTI at Milton.

The game finished in a 1-1 draw and 24-year-old David – surely one of the youngest to grace touchline duties (has anyone told him you can age quicker there?) – told me: “Everyone got 45 minutes’ playing time.”

“Striker Gary Graham has returned to the set-up and put us ahead.”

“We made 9 changes at half-time to give players game-time. The exchanges were probably more even in the second half, and they equalised on 85 minutes.”

David and the more experienced (on team matters) Graeme Dragsmes were looking for positives, and the former said:

“We got hundreds of them.”

“The result didn’t matter. Me and Dragy just wanted to see how the boys played.”

“We’ve had at least six training sessions with the players since taking over, and they have really responded.”

“Great tempo, good turn-outs, and we have another one at Thorn Park this Saturday.”

“The aim is to build this great Club back up again.”

“Ideally, we want a big pool of players to pick from.”

Accies’ Cowan At The Double

Scott Cowan bagged a double in the last half-hour as Dumbarton Academy FP AFC overcame visitors Greenock HSFP AFC 3-0, writes Tom Scott.

Calum Shipcott broke the deadlock on the hour mark with a cross-cum-ball which finished in the net!

Inside the last 30 minutes hot-shot Cowan made sure Greenock were leaving empty-handed with a brace.

This Saturday, Dumbarton Academy FP AFC welcome Lesmahagow AFC to the Academy Playing Fields.

My excellent contact at Accies, Mr Robert Porter, tells me the kick-off is 2pm.

Next season Lesmahagow will be playing in the Central Scottish League top division after securing promotion.

Arthurlie Secure Another Four Signings

Stephen Connelly has revealed Arthurlie FC Amateurs have added even more depth to their Cup-winning squad with another four pre-season signings, writes Tom Scott.

The quartet are as follows:

Ryan Truesdale – Goalkeeper.

Mikey McCready – Defender.

Connor McCabe – Midfielder.

Andy Stewart – Forward.

Stephen: “The latest round of signings brings us up to 16 players, and we’ll look to confirm a few more between now and the start of the season.”

“All four players played a big part in our Jimmy Marshall Cup run, and we are delighted that they will be here again, for the new season”

“We are in the middle of a three-game friendly run and are looking forward to an away trip to Fife this Saturday, when we play Balgonie Scotia.”

“Our numbers are a bit depleted right now with injuries, holidays and work commitments, but it’s still important that the players who are available get the opportunity to get minutes before the new season.”

“The results might take a hit in these games, but whilst we want to win, it’s not the be all and end all in friendly matches.”

“Our ultimate aim is to be ready for what is a tough opener in the Centenary Cup – away to Easthall Star on 14th August – and we will be.”

Stephen, who is part of the successful Arthurlie backroom staff that made the transition from Under-21, not sent this second batch of signings (photographs), but has been tremendous to deal with since Scottish Amateur Football News increased their coverage of the game in March, 2020.

Many thanks, Stephen.

Milton Win Stirling Summer League

Milton dramatically secured the Stirling Summer League title on Wednesday evening with an emphatic 3-0 away win against Dunipace, writes Tom Scott.

Mr Ian Sommerville (Doune Castle) has been absolutely magnificent supplying myself / Scottish Amateur Football News with fixtures, results and on-going tables prior to and from
Match Day 1.

Very many thanks again, Ian.

He said “Dunipace entered the match 3 points ahead of Milton and with a +2 superior Goal Difference.”

“However, unbeaten Milton produced a top display, running out convincing winners on the night, and proving themselves worthy champions.”

“Milton were worthy winners, ending with a 30 points tally, gained from their impressive 9 wins and 3 draws.”

“At the end of the match, Tournament Organiser, Gary Grahamslaw, from Cambusbarron Rovers, presented the Cambusbarron Rovers Trophy to Milton.”

Thorn Athletic: Big Sponsorship Announcements

Many thanks to Mark McGee for contacting myself with big sponsorship news from Thorn Athletic, writes Tom Scott.

Official Press Release
July 21, 2021 – For Immediate Release
WIZARD OF OZ HELPS THORN GO GLOBAL
THORN ATHLETIC have struck an Oz-some sponsorship deal after a former Johnstone man backed them all the way from Down Under.

Wacky businessman David Muir, who was born in the town and played for several local teams, now runs his own car dealership Mad Man Motors based in Wangara in Western Australia.

Mad Muir has already helped many good causes in his own Aussie community and has become a social media sensation racking up thousands of views with his zany promotional videos for his successful car sales firm where he regularly dresses up as a super hero with special effects to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Now it’s turned out to be a right G’Day for the Thorn after he agreed to buy new Nike player bags, run out tops and other additional man of the match add ons and incentives for the club’s first team squad.

And the Thorn management have hailed him for putting something back into the football community where he grew up.

He said: “I love football and I love helping when I can. I’ve watched Thorn Athletic grow over many years and regularly see the work they are doing in the community.

“Although I’m on the other side of the world I was keen to help in some way and I’m glad to be able to put something back into my hometown. My brother Alan is head coach there and I get regular updates from him. I sponsor teams here including Carramar and it’s been great to see the difference you can make. “

Thorn Athletic chairperson Mark McGee joked: “Mad Man Motors is quite aptly named! I grew up with David and he was a fantastic footballer in his own right and we’ve kept up the link through Alan and other mutual friends.

“It’s great he’s chosen to back our project in this way and it’s great to show we can attract overseas investment. I dare say there won’t be many club’s with support from such far flung corners of the globe.”

For further information contact Mark McGee on 07887551234.

SAFL Centenary Cup: Group Stages

Plenty of action – and hopefully goals – look set to launch the Scottish Amateur Football League season on 14th August, writes Tom Scott.

The group stages of the Centenary Cup take centre stage.

I have been looking at some of the Clubs.

In Section 1, Inverclyde will be the team to watch – although the likes of Glenburn and Parkhall might well think otherwise!

Section 2 could go down to the wire. For me, Hillington and Rutherglen won’t be far away. Baljaffray and Duncanrig FP also involved.

Section 3 – what a cracker this will be. Crystal Ball time and no wonder – Arthurlie FC, Castlemilk OBC, Easthall Star and Kings Park Rangers.

Section 4 – Dunoon and St Convals fighting for top place ahead of Claremont and Port Glasgow.

Section 5 – Lochgilphead Red Star love group games, but can they emerge ahead of Busby, Cardross and Glynhill Moorcroft?

Finally in Section 6 who would like to split and predict a winner between Carlton, Neilston, Port Glasgow OBU or Tarbert?

Good luck to all competing Clubs.

Headline Makers Revisited: (Glasgow Sunday AFL Clubs – March 2009)

I am almost at the end of this Series and today feature the Scoreboard Sports Trophy from season 2008-2009, writes Tom Scott.

Easthall Star were part of a 12 goal Quarter-Final cracker against Auchengill.

The competition involved Glasgow Sunday AFL Clubs.

RESULTS:

Centaur 0, Castlemilk Dynamo 1
Easthall 8, Auchengill 4
Glasgow East 2, Westhill 5
Castlemilk United 3, Haghill 3 (4-3 on pens)

The following month, we had more great games.

Dynamo crushed Castlemilk United 5-1.

Easthall and Westhill shared six goals before the former won 6-5 on penalties.

In the final at Springburn, Castlemilk Dynamo defeated Easthall 3-1.

Thistle Look To Boost Competitive Squad

Lomond Thistle are looking for a few new players to join a competitive squad for the new season, Writes Tom Scott.

The team plays in the GCCL, games are played on Sundays – usually early afternoon.

This is a good opportunity to join a young ambitious squad. Ideal if you’re looking for a Sunday team, can’t commit to Saturday football, or are fresh out of an Under-20s team.

Get in touch with them via Social Media or Email:

– @lomondthistlefc.

– craigthistlefc@gmail.com